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Low Interest Rates are Here to Stay. Help Solve the Interest Rate Puzzle. Five Reasons Rates Will Stay Low for the Next Decade. If these headlines sound familiar, we subscribe to similar news sources. Having survived the Great Recession, many now wonder when the Federal Reserve will reverse its low-interest-rate policy and start to raise… Continue Reading The effects of a low-interest-rate environment

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How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

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Employers, HR directors and payroll managers have a lot on their plate with compliance. It’s extremely difficult to stay up on all the changes and details of local, state and federal employment compliance topics. Wage and Hour investigations might not be as familiar as OSHA or IRS audits, but their notoriety is increasing due to… Continue Reading How to avoid getting hit by Wage and Hour

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As we read about the latest bank settlement with the federal government, it may seem that $7 billion is a hefty fine to be paid by Citigroup. Apparently it’s not. Citigroup’s shares were up 3 percent after the settlement, so someone must think it’s a good deal. Some may argue any settlement is better than… Continue Reading Who should be culpable for Citigroup’s bad dealings?

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Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.” Of course you have, because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone. A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. A… Continue Reading Take a vacation from your vocation, because it works

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When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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It’s no secret that in the business community, companies often experience difficulties finding qualified people to fill open positions. Will the candidate go the extra mile? Will the potential employee stick around or jump ship? Will they be able to perform the specific job needed for my unique brand? Those are many questions managers ask… Continue Reading When hiring employees, what’s your plan?

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The stereotype for retirement is fishing, gardening, horseback riding or playing golf — and not doing much else. The classic idea of retirement as a life of uninterrupted leisure is evolving. With people living longer, they’re more active in early retirement, and many choose to focus this energy on a retirement lifestyle much different from… Continue Reading How much will you need to enjoy your retirement?

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How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

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Drake: No talk about premature death?

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Recently the Regional Business Alliance hosted a panel discussion on Martin Drake Power Plant’s future. It wasn’t a shock that nobody spoke in depth about available alternatives to coal-powered energy production, but I was genuinely surprised that nearly no attention was paid to the pollution Drake emits onto our 600,000-plus residents, employees, students and visitors.… Continue Reading Drake: No talk about premature death?

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The year of 2013 was momentous for charitable giving. With growth at nearly 5 percent, last year represented the largest year-over-year increase in giving since the Great Recession. Wealth advisors have been taking an increasingly active role in providing research to their clients when it comes to finding the right philanthropic organizations they can support.… Continue Reading Wealth management teams help in charitable giving

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Here’s some great news for the pragmatic idealists out there: It is cheaper to provide housing and support to assist someone out of homelessness than it is to leave them on the street. In case you’re a bit behind on a decade of data, here are just a few examples. Denver’s Housing First Collaborative reported… Continue Reading Let’s consider the true cost of homelessness

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